Massive fire guts chemical warehouse in Ras Al Khaimah
A massive fire broke out at a chemical warehouse in Ras Al Khaimah over the weekend, causing widespread damage to the structure and its contents, according to Civil Defence officials in the emirate.
The Ras Al Khaimah Civil Defence led the response to the fire in cooperation with Civil Defence centres from Sharjah, Fujairah and Ajman, bringing it under control within two hours of the first reports being received.
No casualties have been reported. The warehouse, which was used for the storage of chemical materials for the manufacture of foam, is located in the industrial area in Al Ghail.
A rescue team evacuated the factory and nearby buildings to ensure workers’ safety, officials added.
Ras Al Khaimah Civil Defence has sectioned off the site as the chemicals are flammable and fire could spread again.
“The site will be with us till tomorrow to make sure that the fire does not spread to nearby buildings,” an official said, adding that it would then be handed over to the forensic laboratory to determine the cause of the fire.